Celebrating the Installation of Mr. Patrick Sillup, Malvern Preparatory School’s 15th Head of School

The celebration of Mr. Patrick Sillup’s Installation took place during school-wide Mass on Thursday, October 20, 2022 - a beautiful autumn day. Students, faculty & staff, family & friends of Mr. Sillup, Augustinians, guests, and peer Heads of School, were all in attendance to share this momentous day in our school’s history. 

Serving as Masters of Ceremony were Kevin Clark ’23 and Austin Turley ’29, who both did a wonderful job as emcees. 

The celebration began with the Adeodatus Reflection, given by Aidan Fowler from the class of 2023. During his reflection, Aidan asked the members of the community to “join together with one mind and one heart to pray for Mr. Sillup as he assumes the role of Head of School.”

Following the procession, Steven Getsie ’23 provided welcoming remarks. Getsie reminded the community of our academic theme, “Begin by Wondering.” “This theme is a reminder that all of us are made in the image and likeness of God and should be thought of with the same awe as the wonders of the world,” said Getsie. He continued, “It is that natural curiosity and questioning that will lead us to solve problems with humility and heart.”

Mass was celebrated by Fr. Rob Hagan, O.S.A., Prior Provincial of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova. It was concelebrated by nine Augustinian Friars, including Fr. Donald Reilly, O.S.A., the immediate past Head of School who now serves as Senior Advisor, Mission & Philanthropy.

One unique feature of the ceremony was the Installation Promises. From students and staff to parents/guardians and Alumni, the Installation Promises represented every area of our school community. Following the Installation Promises, Mr. Sillup was presented with the Chain of Office by Mr. Joe Davis ’90 P’21, Chair of the Board of Trustees. The Chain of Office features the school seal and honors all of the past leaders of Malvern Prep. 

Mr. Sillup shared his remarks following the presentation of the Chain of Office. Sillup recalled his excitement upon hearing the news that he had been selected as the next Head of School describing it as a “watershed” moment in his life. He recounted stories about three individuals in his life who served as “wayfinding tools” - those people in our lives who help us determine “where we might go, where we might not, and where we might put lots of our energy.” He further described these people as those who “bet on you, invest in you, and want the very best for you, doing all they can to help you evolve into a better person.” 

In recounting stories of those who were instrumental in getting him here today, Sillup advised students and guests in attendance to “look for signals, reasons to push your thinking - all in an effort to evolve in a way that honors your gifts, your talents, and your interests. Otherwise, you run the risk of cementing a fixed mindset which is one of the two or three obstacles to success in a world that demands flexibility and adaptability.”

In closing, Sillup shared with those in attendance that his goal is “to be a wayfinding tool for the school that we all love; to help it evolve into a better version of itself….I plan to be all in, all the time.”

Mass continued with the Liturgy of the Eucharist and the celebration ended with Austin Turley ’29 congratulating Mr. Sillup; “the students wish you much success in your new role,” said Turley, continuing “I speak for all members of the Malvern Community - we are delighted to have you lead Malvern Prep now and in the future!” 

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